Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM

Assistant Provost for Faculty Development

Emelia Benjamin
Framingham Heart Study 73 Mt Wayte Ave


Emelia J. Benjamin, MD, ScM, FACC, FAHA, received her AB at Harvard, her MD at Case Western Reserve University, and her Epidemiology ScM at Harvard School of Public Health. She is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Boston University and is a clinical cardiologist at Boston Medical Center. She is author of over 650 peer-reviewed publications that focus on the on the genetics, epidemiology, and prognosis of a variety of cardiovascular conditions and markers including atrial fibrillation, vascular function, and systemic inflammation. She is multi-Principal Investigator on 2RO1 atrial fibrillation grants [2R01HL092577 & 1R01HL128914], and is the Center and Training Director on an American Heart Association Strategically Focused Research Network on Atrial Fibrillation. She also is MPI on 2 mobile Health grants (1R01HL141434 and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation).

Dr. Benjamin has conducted research at the Framingham Study since 1988. She is a Member of the Executive Committee, and is Co-Director of the Medical Endpoints Committee. She was Principal Investigator of the grant that recruited the second generation of the Framingham Study’s ethnic/racial minority cohort, the Omni Study.

In addition to her research, she is Assistant Provost for Faculty Development for Boston University Medical Campus, and Vice Chair for Faculty Development and Diversity, BU Department of Medicine. She co-designed and co-leads Faculty Development Programs for Early, Mid-Career, Under-Represented Ethnic and Racial, Women, and Clinical leaders. A committed mentor, she has won local and national awards for her mentoring of early career investigators. She also won the 2020 Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award.

An active volunteer for the American Heart Association since 1992, she has served on a variety of local and national Committees. She is Past-Chair of the American Heart Association’s Functional Genomics and Translational Biology Council and Study Section, and the annual Heart and Stroke Statistical Update.

She received the 2015 Paul Dudley White Award, the 2016 AHA Gold Heart Award, the 2016 Population Research Prize, the 2019 Laennec Clinician/ Educator Lecturer, and the Genomics and Precision Medicine 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award. She Chairs of the Science and Clinical Education Lifelong Learning Committee.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Cardiovascular Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Co-Investigator, Framingham Heart Study


  • Case Western Reserve University, MD
  • Harvard College, AB
  • Harvard School of Public Health, SM/ScM

Classes Taught

  • 2 experiential semin
  • DOM


  • Published on 12/3/2019

    Volgman AS, Bairey Merz CN, Benjamin EJ, Curtis AB, Fang MC, Lindley KJ, Pepine CJ, Vaseghi M, Waldo AL, Wenger NK, Russo AM. Sex and Race/Ethnicity Differences in Atrial Fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Dec 03; 74(22):2812-2815. PMID: 31779796.

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  • Published on 11/20/2019

    Al-Khatib SM, Benjamin EJ, Buxton AE, Calkins H, Chung MK, Curtis AB, Desvigne-Nickens P, Jais P, Packer DL, Piccini JP, Rosenberg Y, Russo AM, Wang PJ, Cooper LS, Go AS. Research Needs and Priorities for Catheter Ablation of Atrial Fibrillation: A Report from a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Virtual Workshop. Circulation. 2019 Nov 20. PMID: 31744331.

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  • Published on 11/14/2019

    Long MT, Massaro JM, Hoffmann U, Benjamin EJ, Naimi TS. Alcohol Use is Associated with Hepatic Steatosis Among Persons with Presumed Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Nov 14. PMID: 31734449.

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  • Published on 11/1/2019

    Andersson C, Johnson AD, Benjamin EJ, Levy D, Vasan RS. 70-year legacy of the Framingham Heart Study. Nat Rev Cardiol. 2019 Nov; 16(11):687-698. PMID: 31065045.

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  • Published on 10/14/2019

    von Jeinsen B, Short MI, Larson MG, Xanthakis V, McManus DD, Benjamin EJ, Mitchell GF, Aragam J, Cheng S, Vasan RS. Prognostic Significance of Echocardiographic Measures of Cardiac Remodeling. J Am Soc Echocardiogr. 2019 Oct 14. PMID: 31624026.

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  • Published on 10/2/2019

    Hulme OL, Khurshid S, Weng LC, Anderson CD, Wang EY, Ashburner JM, Ko D, McManus DD, Benjamin EJ, Ellinor PT, Trinquart L, Lubitz SA. Development and Validation of a Prediction Model for Atrial Fibrillation Using Electronic Health Records. JACC Clin Electrophysiol. 2019 Nov; 5(11):1331-1341. PMID: 31753441.

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  • Published on 10/1/2019

    Groh CA, Vittinghoff E, Benjamin EJ, Dupuis J, Marcus GM. Childhood Tobacco Smoke Exposure and Risk of Atrial Fibrillation in Adulthood. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2019 Oct 01; 74(13):1658-1664. PMID: 31558248.

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  • Published on 9/30/2019

    Spartano NL, Lin H, Sun F, Lunetta KL, Trinquart L, Valentino M, Manders ES, Pletcher MJ, Marcus GM, McManus DD, Benjamin EJ, Fox CS, Olgin JE, Murabito JM. Comparison of On-Site Versus Remote Mobile Device Support in the Framingham Heart Study Using the Health eHeart Study for Digital Follow-up: Randomized Pilot Study Set Within an Observational Study Design. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth. 2019 Sep 30; 7(9):e13238. PMID: 31573928.

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  • Published on 9/3/2019

    Georgakis MK, Malik R, Björkbacka H, Pana TA, Demissie S, Ayers C, Elhadad MA, Fornage M, Beiser AS, Benjamin EJ, Boekholdt MS, Engström G, Herder C, Hoogeveen RC, Koenig W, Melander O, Orho-Melander M, Schiopu A, Söderholm M, Wareham N, Ballantyne CM, Peters A, Seshadri S, Myint PK, Nilsson J, de Lemos JA, Dichgans M. Circulating Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein-1 and Risk of Stroke: Meta-Analysis of Population-Based Studies Involving 17?180 Individuals. Circ Res. 2019 Sep 27; 125(8):773-782. PMID: 31476962.

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  • Published on 8/9/2019

    Brunner KT, Pedley A, Massaro JM, Hoffmann U, Benjamin EJ, Long MT. Increasing Liver Fat Is Associated With Incident Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2019 Aug 09. PMID: 31404666.

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